The Dodgers Aren’t Going To Make Any Moves, Are They?

No news or inside info or analysis here, just a thought: The Dodgers aren’t going to do anything before the Aug. 31 playoff eligibility deadline, are they?

It’s not because of lack of effort on Ned Colletti’s part, I’m sure. Depending on the day-to-day standings, the Dodgers have been something like 29th in line for AL players and 14th in line on NL players, and with the second wild card making fewer teams sellers, and making more of those teams wanting to block competitors, there’s just very little out there. At some point, you have to realize that there’s only a few guys who have even made it to the Dodgers worth bothering with.

When you look at the list of players who have cleared waivers — at least publicly, which means it’s not a complete listing — it’s a weird mash-up of players nobody would want to assume salaries on (Shin-Soo Choo, Curtis Granderson, Elvis Andrus, half the Dodger outfield), players who just aren’t getting moved (Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre, Brett Gardner, Ian Desmond) and players who wouldn’t really fit the Dodger needs (Alex Rios). Yes, Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese are available, and we’ve talked about each of them here. Both are better than Kevin Correia and Roberto Hernandez; neither would come for free, and there’s at least a case to be made that the difference either of the Mets duo would provide in what would likely be one playoff start — this assumes Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu are both healthy in October, which is not guaranteed — isn’t worth the cost.

Really, if you look at that list, what you don’t see is a reliever, which is what we all want more than anything else. The exception there is Jonathan Papelbon, and while there are valid reasons to want him, the difficulty of dealing with Ruben Amaro plus Papelbon’s no-trade clause that may hinge on a guarantee to be inserted into the ninth inning — to say nothing of clubhouse issues — make that a tough fit. Otherwise, there’s just nothing out there, and I don’t fall into the camp of making a move for the sake of making a move. None of us may love the idea of Brandon League or Brian Wilson in a big spot in the playoffs; I’m also not sure what the alternatives are.

We’ll see Joc Pederson, Alex Guerrero and some others next week, and that will be fun. But it seems more likely than not that nothing from outside the organization will happen. Also, I’m out of town this weekend. These two things are not unrelated, if you’ve been following this site or its predecessor for any length of time.


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Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


492 comments
RexS
RexS

Still don't see downside of waiver claim on Colon or even Dickey. Both would be #4 on a healthy Dodgers roster.

TheConman
TheConman

@DBrim what is the buzzfeed guys original tweet referencing?

Lobo
Lobo

@DodgersFan I've been to Good People in Birmingham.  Didn't have the Snake Handler, but the Bearded Lady I had was quite good

DBrim
DBrim moderator

His anger?

TheConman
TheConman

@- Casey - @TheConman Orel, who obviously doesnt like the rule as is, was at least open to compromise. Nomar sounded like an idiot

TheConman
TheConman

@DBrim so hes being serious? i thought it must have been a joke

Lobo
Lobo

@efb @Lobo @DodgersFan I like trying beer.  I don't get it on my own.  But if I'm out with some friends, I don't mind trying a beer or two with them

- Casey -
- Casey -

@TheConman @- Casey - I hate the rule, but you can find a way to make it better. Orel was off to a good start, but you'd have to figure out how to keep catchers from dropping their shinguards down and blocking the sliding runners. 

Lobo
Lobo

@DodgersFan @Lobo Pretty much anything stronger than beer is too much for me.  Even particularly strong beers is too much.  Roughly 6-7% ABV seems to be a good spot for me

DodgersFan
DodgersFan

@Lobo @DodgersFan i just don't like the taste of beer. it's good for a few sips but by the end of a bottle i just want it to be over

TheConman
TheConman

@ak825 then went into how he wasnt allowed to wear shinguards turning double plays at 2nd

Lobo
Lobo

@efb @Lobo @DodgersFan Seriously though, I still would generally rather have a soda and like I said I don't get beer on my own.  But I have no issue with having a beer or two with some buddies

Lobo
Lobo

@DodgersFan @Lobo This is how I feel on the few occasions I've tried something like Coors or Budweiser.  Better beers don't have that problem

efb
efb

@Lobo @efb @DodgersFan im just messing with you regarding your often recharacterization of things, but yea youre trying different beers/trying new things, that's what it's all about